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Professional Supervision for Counsellors Level 4 Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BPS301 CLD
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( john, 08/10/2019 ) Q: I have two questions 1.Is there an element of face to face within the course for either tutorials or assessments ? 2.Is there a humanistic marking process in place ? In order to satisfy the accredited body I am registered with for counselling (The National Counselling Society) require, in order to be registered as a supervisor with them, the course needs to offer the face to face element and the humanistic marking process.
( 30/11/-0001 ) A:Not answered yet.
( Jayne, 12/07/2018 ) Q:

Please can you advise me whether if I complete this course with you whether I would then be able to work as a supervisor for other counsellors? (I did read through one of the answers already given but I still wasn't 100% sure). Thank you

( 13/07/2018 ) A:

Hello Jayne,

Thank you for your question. This is a very popular course and you will ac quire the knowledge and skills needed to supervise other counsellors. Unfortunately we can not guarantee you will gain employment through it, as different employers will have their own criteria for job applicants. However if you are are a self-employed counsellor wanting to add this as a skill to grow your practice or you wish to become self-employed, then this course will equip you to do so. The course material is well written and your mentor: Iona Lister, will guide you every step of the way. Gaining clients will be down to your own efforts of course.

This testimonial from a previous student should help put your mind at rest as to the credibility of the course outcomes: 

" A very productive and useful course which has progressed my field of work". Lesley C, Professional Supervision, UK
I hope that this is helpful to you.
Best regards
( Patricia Bowers, 24/03/2018 ) Q:

Hi Can you please tell me how the finalised exam / test is provided for the supervision for counsellors online course Many thanks Trish

( 26/03/2018 ) A:

Hi Patricia.

Thank you for your question. The final exam is in the form of a written test, taken at a time and place convenient to you. Here is the link to the relevant section on our website about how the exams are administered.


I hope that this helps.

Best regards


( Tessa, 23/01/2018 ) Q:

Hello there. I have been working as a qualified counsellor for 5 years. I have my own practice and am considering offering supervision. Could you please indicate the average time as in hours per week, and number of weeks that the course takes?

( 26/01/2018 ) A:

Hello Tessa. Thank you for getting in touch.

We can only give a guide for how long a course takes to complete of approx. 100 hours. This is because there are no deadlines and we encourage our students to work at their own pace. This means that you can delve as deeply into a subject as you feel you need to, so that the learning aims of the course are fulfilled and beyond. Unlike many learning providers who set deadlines, you are in control of how much you learn. The more time you commit to completing the set tasks, the more you will learn and the higher your grades will be. At the end of the course you will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction, based upon the depth of learning you have shown your tutor. In a practical sense, how competent and successful you are in supervising counsellors, will depend on how much time you apply to studying for the qualification.

( Natasha, 23/03/2017 ) Q:

Hi there, is there a practical element to the course where you need to build up a number of hours supervising counsellors? thanks, Natasha

( 23/03/2017 ) A:

Hello Natasha,

Thank you for your interest in the Academy for Distance Learning and for getting in touch.

There is no requirement to build up any hours supervising counsellors in this course. Howether, we do have a course where you will be able to achieve this if you want to (industry Project), which you can complete alongside or after Professional Supervision for Counsellors. The fee for each is £325.00, or we can supply both courses for one upfront payment of £590.00.

I have emailed you a pdf document describing how they work.

I hope that this is helpful.

Best regards

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Professional Supervision for Counsellors Level 4 Certificate Course

Professional Supervision for Counsellors course online. Learn to guide and advise other counsellors. Professional supervision for psychologists and counsellors involves debriefing. Without the opportunity to discuss cases in a confidential professional situation, a professional can themselves begin to suffer from having to deal alone with a build-up of problems they confront regularly. Develops skills in supervising other professionals and an awareness of what to expect when undergoing supervision yourself.

ACCPH LogoThis course has been accredited at level 4, by ACCPH (Accredited Coaches, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and clinical Hypnotherapists). Graduates can join ACCPH as a professional member after completing this course and put the letters "MACCPH" after their name.

The tutor will be Iona Lister - Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills, who is a highly qualified and experienced counselling professional, plus author. Your fee will include expert mentor support throughout. See what past customers have said about the course below:

" A very productive and useful course which has progressed my field of work". Lesley C, Professional Supervision, UK

" Lectures, research - professional and fast feedback from my tutor, Iona. Very professional and great customer service"
Cristina P,  Professional Supervision for Counsellors, UK


Learning Goals:   Professional Supervision BPS301
  • Understand what is meant by professional supervision, why it is necessary, benefits and disadvantages;
  • Define and compare different models of supervision including reciprocal mentoring, group supervision, self supervision, and agency supervision;
  • Develop an understanding of professional issues of supervision including confidentiality, ethics, quality control, and legal concerns;
  • Understand and define different approaches to supervision including psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioural, solution-orientated, process-orientated and narrative methods;
  • Understand some of the different approaches applied to supervision for different professional groups;
  • Understand the different requirements of providing supervision in organisations where most employees are counsellors, organisations where counsellors are in the minority, and organisations of non-counsellors;
  • Identify the different managerial components of the supervision process including budgeting, monitoring frequency of supervision, selection of supervisors, and the question of standardisation.


Lesson Structure:    Professional Supervision BPS301

There are 7 lessons::

  1. Introduction to Professional Supervision
    • Introduction
    • Nature and scope of counselling
    • Defining supervision
    • Benefits of being supervised
    • Personal moral qualities of a counsellor
    • Case study
    • Your strengths and weaknesses
    • SWOT analysis
    • Qualities of a professional supervisor
  2. Models of Supervision
    • Beginning the super vision process
    • Contracts
    • Models of supervision
    • Mentoring
    • Proctors interactive model of supervision
    • Use of reflection in the theoretical framework
    • Forms of supervision: individual, group, self, agency
    • Reporting and record keeping
    • PBL: Create and present a plan with specific strategies for improving the supervision of employee’s work related skills, attitudes, and knowledge in the workplace, based on a clear understanding of the person’s needs, values, and situation.
  3. Professionalism, Ethics, and Legal Concerns
    • Introduction and ethical codes
    • Supervisor professional standards
    • Ethical decisions
    • Responsibilities of supervisors to other professionals
    • Confidentiality
    • Informed consent
    • Multicultural counselling
    • Dual relationships
    • Professional boundaries
    • Complaints
    • Professional misconduct
    • Bringing the profession into disrepute
    • Sanctions
  4. Different Approaches to Supervision
    • Relavent theories or models
    • Developmental models
    • The Professional Development Model (PDM)
    • Discrimination model
    • Issues in supervision
    • What is burnout
    • What causes burnout
    • Is stress the same as burn out
    • Online counselling and supervision
    • Telephone counselling
    • E mail or online counselling
    • How does online supervision work
    • International perspectives on counselling supervision
  5. Supervision for Different Professions
    • Introduction
    • What to look for in an effective supervisor
    • Foundations of supervision
    • Supervision policy statement
    • Case study: Supervision in social work
    • Case study: supervision in occupational health nursing
    • Case study: supervision in the coaching profession
    • Case study: supervision for child safety
    • Case study: supervision in youth work
  6. Organisational Considerations
    • Introduction
    • Self governance, awareness and supervision
    • Defining requirements
    • Organisational dynamics
    • Team dynamics
    • Supervision and outside contractors
    • Benefits of supervision in an organisation
    • Education
  7. Managing Supervision
    • Issues in managing thew process
    • Frequency and duration of supervision
    • Finance
    • Other elements
    • Motivating factors
    • Transference and counter transference
    • Power abuse
    • Selection of supervisors and supervision
    • Standardised and open methods of supervision

Each lesson requires the completion of an assignment which is submitted to the academyl, marked by the academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain the concept of professional supervision;
  • Describe the process of a one-on-one case study of professional supervision;
  • Determine the pros and cons of professional supervision;
  • Define different supervision models including reciprocal mentoring, group supervision, self supervision and agency supervision;
  • Identify ethical concerns to be considered in supervisor/supervisee and supervisee/client relationships;
  • Consider the importance of confidentiality and duty of care;
  • Identify main legal concerns arising from supervision;
  • Discuss problems caused by treating supervision as a form of quality control.
  • Explore similarities and differences between psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioural, solution oriented, process oriented and narrative approaches to professional supervision;
  • Identify key problems associated with matching theory to practice in supervision.


Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:

Iona Lister Tutor CounsellingIona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.


Iona has also written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.

She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.

Books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.


Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner. 

Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) 

Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society 

Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support 


Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member

Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes



Excerpt from the Course


Supervisors maintain high standards of professional competence and ethical behaviour, and recognize the need for continuing education and personal care in order to meet this responsibility.

Supervisors participate in only those practices which are respectful of the legal, civic, and moral rights of others, and act to safeguard the dignity and rights of their clients, students, and research participants.

Supervisors limit their counselling services and practices to those which are within their professional competence by virtue of their education and professional experience, and consistent with any requirements for provincial and national credentials. They refer to other professionals when the counselling needs of clients exceed their level of competence.

Supervisors take reasonable steps to obtain supervision and/or consultation with respect to their counselling practices and, particularly, with respect to doubts or uncertainties which may arise during their professional work.

Supervisors claim, or imply, only those professional qualifications which they possess and they are responsible for correcting any known misrepresentation of their qualifications by others.


Ethical Decisions

When making an ethical decision, the following factors must be taken into consideration:


The client has the right to be self-governing. The client must be respected and it is important that they participate in counselling or psychotherapy on a voluntary basis. This includes opposing the idea of clients being manipulated against their will. 


The practitioner must be trustworthy. They must act in accordance with the trust placed in them.  Confidentiality should therefore be regarded as an obligation.


This means that the practitioner should have a commitment to promote the client’s well-being. This includes acting in the best interests of the client at all times, based on professional assessment. Therefore the onus is on the counsellor to work within the limits of their counselling competence based on their personal training and experience. 


Justice refers to treating clients fairly and impartially, and respecting their human rights and dignity. It also includes the consideration of any legal requirements or obligations.


The practitioner should foster their self-knowledge and care for themselves. There is an ethical responsibility to engage in supervision for professional support and development, and to actively seek training and pursue continual professional improvement. 


This means a commitment to avoiding harm to the client. This includes avoiding sexual, financial, emotional or other forms of client exploitation. The practitioner has an ethical responsibility to avoid causing harm, even when harm is unintended or unavoidable. This includes challenging the malpractice or incompetence of others and not bringing discredit upon the profession. 


Responsibilities of Supervisors to Other Professionals

Supervisors understand that ethical behaviour amongst themselves, and with other professionals, is expected at all times.

Supervisors do not condone or engage in sexual harassment which is defined as deliberate or repeated verbal or written comments, gestures, or physical contact of a sexual nature.

Supervisors strive to understand and respect the diversity of their clients including differences related to age, ethnicity, culture, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.



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